Except Today – The Last Day of the Challenge #SOL21 Day 31/31

How do you do it? How do you find a story to write about every day for the month of March?

I get this question from family and friends often during the Slice of Life Story Challenge and my usual response is that I try to be aware of the little things as they are happening in my day. Sometimes it’s a funny little moment or a time when I had a strong emotion that day. Being conscious of these small moments, I tell them, the story almost writes itself. Sure, I explain, there are are times when I would need to look at the list of ideas I keep on my phone or journal. But rarely am I at a loss for subject matter to write about in March.

Except today – the last day of the challenge!

For thirty days I was a strong writer. I captured little slices about the Easter bunny, my sewer woes, a mouse in my car, and writing in bed while admiring the view. I was inspired to write about a coat I left on the rack in Italy, the acrobats trimming my tree, and even an orchid blossom. There was always something to write about!

Except today – the last day of the challenge!

I know it happens to the best of us. I tell that to students all the time. Read your story idea notes, look at a few books in your library, talk to your friends, but above all just get that pen moving and keep it moving even if you just write: I have nothing to write about!

Even today – the last day of the challenge!

PS: It has truly been a joy to write for these 31 days of March in this challenge. I’ve grown as a writer due to the many members of this wonderful writing community. And the greatest joy is I have gained a few new writing friends to learn from. I will see you all on Tuesdays! In the meantime I will need to unblock this writing brain because April is National Poetry Month and for the second year in a row I will attempt to pen a poem every day.

Throughout the month of March I will be participating in the Slice of Life Story Challenge with the community of writers over at Two Writing Teachers. Each day I will post a draft of a story detailing a small snippet from my life. This will be my sixth year participating, and each year I marvel at all the small moments I would have missed in my life if not for this challenge. I am grateful to Stacey Shubitz, Betsy Hubbard, Beth Moore, Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski, Melanie Meehan, and Amy Ellerman for hosting this wonderful event!

11 Replies to “Except Today – The Last Day of the Challenge #SOL21 Day 31/31”

  1. I love this slice – such a perfect and fitting ending! 🙂 Congratulations! I look forward to reading your April poetry.

  2. Your slice today was a reflection of a small moment of… writer’s block, and you nailed it! I look forward to reading your poetry on your blog and your Tuesday SOLs.

  3. It’s funny how we can be writing all along and then just hit that wall. I hadn’t felt it until a couple of days ago, and it felt like all my topics had dried up. Thanks for powering through.
    Have fun with the poetry month.

  4. To me, you’ve conveyed a vital truth here – a writer is a keen observer of the world, the on at large, and the one within. Every moment is a writable one! Like you, I had an idea come along each day until the very last post…if all my magnolias hadn’t aligned as they did, I don’t know WHAT I would have written… yet here you are, zooming across the finish line, accomplishing your goal. Congratulations, Christine – and I know the poetry will come! All your writings are such works of heart.

  5. I Think you did have an idea- a reflection and celebration on the month. Enjoy poem writing- that would be more challenging for me!

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